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Possible Adware?!

Hi,

I don't remember downloading anything (and honestly I'm pretty computer savvy, so this is really odd), but all of a sudden I am receiving popups when I browse the internet.

My Specs:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Firefox 13.0.1 + Adblocker

What I have done:
Ran Avast Full Scan
Ran Combofix
Ran Malwarebytes

None of these programs have detected anything, but I know that having popups come up all the time isn't normal (not to mention this hasn't ever happened before until recently). If anyone has a clue or suggestion, please let me know! Thank you!
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  1. What type of pop-ups? Regular ads from sites? Or non-related to the site you are on?
  2. Are they pop-ups when browsing sites like say....this one? I use google chrome and combat those popups with the Adblock add-on.

    CJ
  3. They seem to popup whenever they want to, and never have anything to do with the website. Its those kind that have a window popup when you try to close asking if you "really want to close".
  4. Hi :)

    Virus....

    All the best Brett :)
  5. Best answer
    empty your tempory files


    viruses like to hide in these, especially ones that you get from the internet


    most people dont look in there


    there is a free tool you can try which works well


    dr webs cure it


    here is a link

    https://www.freedrweb.com/download+cureit+free/?lng=en
  6. Thanks, I went ahead and cleaned out all temporary files and anything of the like. I have also installed Dr. Web and I am doing a scan now.
  7. I think cleaning out my temporary files fixed it, I haven't had it happen since. Not to mention Dr. Web said nothing was found. Thanks for your help!

    Edit: Uh, spoke too soon. Still getting popups.
  8. Xmsteel said:
    I think cleaning out my temporary files fixed it, I haven't had it happen since. Not to mention Dr. Web said nothing was found. Thanks for your help!

    Edit: Uh, spoke too soon. Still getting popups.



    Hi :)

    Download MALWAREBYTES (its free) and update it then run a full scan in Safe Mode...

    All the best Brett :)
  9. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    Download MALWAREBYTES (its free) and update it then run a full scan in Safe Mode...

    All the best Brett :)


    Ran a full scan with this program, but it didn't find anything.
  10. This could be coming from the sites. If you go to a large commercial site like www.msn.com, does this happen? The only time I have seen this stuff come up is when the site was infected or was made to install something on your computer.
  11. Xmsteel said:
    Hi,

    I don't remember downloading anything (and honestly I'm pretty computer savvy, so this is really odd), but all of a sudden I am receiving popups when I browse the internet.

    My Specs:
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
    Firefox 13.0.1 + Adblocker

    What I have done:
    Ran Avast Full Scan
    Ran Combofix
    Ran Malwarebytes

    None of these programs have detected anything, but I know that having popups come up all the time isn't normal (not to mention this hasn't ever happened before until recently). If anyone has a clue or suggestion, please let me know! Thank you!


    Does this only happen when you surf? If not, what does the ads say?

    If it's only happening when you surf, I would suggest that you update to the latest release of Firefox (14) and grab the following add-ons: NoScript, Adblock Plus, and DNT+
  12. Rahmia said:
    Does this only happen when you surf? If not, what does the ads say?

    If it's only happening when you surf, I would suggest that you update to the latest release of Firefox (14) and grab the following add-ons: NoScript, Adblock Plus, and DNT+


    It is only when I surf. I have the latest firefox, and also have Adblock Plus installed. I went ahead and ran spybot and it detected 9 adware linked things in my registry, but said it took care of all of them. However, I am still getting popups.

    Actually, I guess the correct term would be pop-unders.
  13. I highly recommend installing NoScript add-on then. You'll have the benefit of being more secure by blocking all scripts from running unless you specifically say its ok, that should take care of them pesky pop-ups.

    I run NoScript, AdBlock Plus, and DNT+ (Do Not Track +), between them three add-ons, I haven't seen any ads or pop-ups in several years since I had them installed, I only see what I want to see.
  14. Rahmia said:
    I highly recommend installing NoScript add-on then. You'll have the benefit of being more secure by blocking all scripts from running unless you specifically say its ok, that should take care of them pesky pop-ups.

    I run NoScript, AdBlock Plus, and DNT+ (Do Not Track +), between them three add-ons, I haven't seen any ads or pop-ups in several years since I had them installed, I only see what I want to see.


    I've installed DNT+ (which by the way seems to be an AWESOME add-on, thank you!), but will hold on NoScript until I see another popup or problem arise. (It honestly sounds like it would be more hassle than benefit; In my opinion).

    Thanks again though, I'm loving DNT+.
  15. Still getting the annoying popups/unders.

    If I upload a hijackthis log, could someone tell what the problem is?
  16. Install noScript and be done with it...you are spending more time trying to figure out the issue than you would clicking the noScript icon to allow the content...Once a page is deemed OK by you, noScript will always remember...

    CJ
  17. Cjsparky said:
    Install noScript and be done with it...you are spending more time trying to figure out the issue than you would clicking the noScript icon to allow the content...Once a page is deemed OK by you, noScript will always remember...

    CJ



    If the problem is spyware/adware, then I'd prefer to get rid of them problem instead of covering it up. However nothing seems to help, so I might as well just go ahead and do that.
  18. If you are only getting the popups/unders while surfing, it is more likely scripts on a page causing them.
  19. Cjsparky said:
    If you are only getting the popups/unders while surfing, it is more likely scripts on a page causing them.



    Firefox keeps saying that there is an error why I try to download No Script. Is it compatible with 14.0.1?
  20. http://www.ghostery.com/

    Better than DNT
  21. Xmsteel said:
    Firefox keeps saying that there is an error why I try to download No Script. Is it compatible with 14.0.1?


    You downloading from here???

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/

    Works no issues for me. 14.0.1

    If it will not install I would be suspicious of malware preventing it.
  22. Cjsparky said:
    You downloading from here???

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/

    Works no issues for me. 14.0.1

    If it will not install I would be suspicious of malware preventing it.



    Alright that worked, thanks. I was attempting to download it from the "Get Add-ons" tab.
  23. Xmsteel said:
    Alright that worked, thanks. I was attempting to download it from the "Get Add-ons" tab.


    Did it correct the issue?
  24. Cjsparky said:
    Did it correct the issue?


    I didn't seem to get ads while using it, but it seemed to block every website and was difficult to get it to allow (not to mention I don't want to allow whatever is causing the ads).
  25. Yeah the first week or so surfing to your sites are a bit of a pain in allowing different scripts, but i believe it is site specific, and it remembers for the next time you surf to the site. It gets easier to use once you are used to it, and surfing will be seamless to your trusted sites in no time!
  26. Firefox with adblock and ghostery.
  27. The only thing that frustrates me are the mouseover popups like here on Toms. Adblock corrected those for me on chrome.
  28. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Firefox with adblock and ghostery.


    Have both, still getting the ads.
  29. Then you have malware!
  30. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Then you have malware!


    And no matter what I do I can't get rid of it. Used combofix (which usually always works), Avast, malwarebytes, spybot, etc etc.
  31. SR-71 Blackbird said:


    Scanned with both. Multiple problems found with Hitman, most of which were tracking cookies, but it also found Punkbuster (A anti-cheat device used in popular games) as a threat.

    Anyhow, hopefully between those two programs it removed anything that might have been dangerous.
  32. Punkbuster usually just for online gaming.
  33. Well, I still get popunders every so often, but now its just a blank page.
  34. Good news:

    I fully uninstalled firefox, as well as searched my computer for ANY file/program containing mozilla or firefox in the name. Once I did that, I fixed and registry errors/problems and cleaned up my PC with CCleaner. I rebooted, reinstalled firefox, and I haven't had a problem since.

    Sure hope that fixed it!
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